Wrap up. Spoilers, etc., etc., etc.
At SDCC, my friend drew my attention to a series of graphic novels called Korgi at the Top Shelf booth. She has a corgi/pomeranian mix, who looks pretty much like a slightly fluffy corgi, so naturally she would gravitate towards an adorable graphic novel with a corgi hero.
I also have a fondness for corgis. They’re such happy looking dogs! And they look like foxes. I also have Tasha Tudor’s corgi books, because they make me happy with the cuteness.
So after SDCC, my friend lent me her copies of books 1 & 2, which is all that’s out so far.
Korgi is about a world with creatures called Mollies, which are basically little fairy-like people, who live in the forest with their companions, Korgis. Korgis look like they come in a variety of sizes, and they seem to be of human intelligence and have special powers. This graphic novel is done entirely in pictures with no words at all (except the intro, which is by Wart the Toad, and scrollkeeper of the Mollies). The pictures are extremely detailed ink-work, with loving attention paid towards making the Korgis as adorable as possible.
The stars of the series are Ivy, a young female Mollie (who is a very good female protagonist), and her faithful companion Sprout the Korgi, and their exploration adventures.
This is a truly all-ages “read” with maybe some slight scariness for the very young (there’s some goblin-like baddies, and an ominous alien). But the huggable Korgis should balance that out. And since it’s wordless, you can make it sound like however you want, and make it more or less scary as you see fit.
More thoughts, now that I’m over halfway through the book. Again, do not read if you haven’t read the series or this book yet.
All right, forget it, this is just going to be a book blog, and not specifically a manga blog, as this is getting out of hand.
Major spoilers ahead, so do not read further if you haven’t caught up yet, and intend to.
So this is probably going to be a mostly manga blog, and what better way to start it off than with a non-manga!
Actually, this isn’t even about the book’s content, this is more about how frigging heavy this thing is.
I’ve never wanted an e-reader more than with this book. And I am distinctly anti-e-book. But seriously, this thing weighs about ten pounds and I can’t read it when I’m eating like I usually do, since it’s too heavy to prop up and open with one hand. And I try to read it in bed, but I have to prop it up on my stomach, or off to the side with a pillow, and then I can’t get comfortable, or my neck feels strained after three minutes.
I’m only about three chapters in, and it’s driving me bonkers, just with the whole mechanics of reading it.
This is on top of the whole drama of actually getting it from Amazon, where it was Shipping Soon for three days and driving me insane, plus the mailman hid it on my neighbor’s windowsill for some unfathomable reason so I couldn’t find it when it was actually Delivered.